Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Many of you have mentioned to me that you were unable to post comments to my blog. Turns out I had the wrong setting on...oops! I removed the setting so now you should be able to comment. Please comment on any of my posts, even if they are from months ago. I love my readers and I love what you have to say. Now comment away!!!

Did Someone Say Wings?

Today I reviewed Wingdome in downtown Kirkland and it was quite an adventure!

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 4. It was very unique with a garage and sports theme. The inside literally looked like a garage. There was an entire wall just dedicated to tire rims. Check it out...

There is a sports bar connected to the restaurant with sports playing on all of the tv's. It looked good, but trust me, no girls were involved with the decorating process. It is always a mistake if you come in on a Saturday night. There are huge football fans who scream when something interesting happens on tv, like a touchdown. Wingdome is sort of a man magnet.

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 2. The servers brought us coloring sheets and crayons right away. They weren't very generous with the crayons, but only brought us 3 and they were weird triangular shaped crayons. Other than that, the servers made no contact with me whatsoever. Not a word or a look.

On service speed, I give it a 3. It took about 10 minutes to get the appetizers and 10 more to get the wings. They were really good about making sure we always had water and napkins.

On taste of food, I give it a 5! I ordered "fully loaded" potato chips, which are house made chips topped with cheese, sour cream, bacon and chives. Yum...

I also ordered #3 chicken wings that came with ranch, blue cheese and celery. You can order the wings anywherere from 0 (no sauce) to 7 (hottest). Here are the wings...

The chips and the wings were absolute perfection! The chips were made fresh and served warm with cheesy heaven and toppings. The cheese was a little chewy but enjoyable. The sour cream was fluffy and the bacon was crispy. It was texture perfection. There was a little of each topping on each bite and I just wanted to eat more and more. The wings were just as amazing. They were crispy on the outside and juicy and moist on the inside. The sauce was rich and flavorful, all cooled down with a dip in the ranch. I like the wings that look like the little drumsticks the most because they have the most meat. Also, I like llamas better than alpacas in case you were wondering.

On appearance of food, I give it a 3. When the wings were first brought out on a silver tray they looked bland and dull. At first we thought they weren't even the right wings since they looked so banal (thank you dictionary). They aren't special on the outside but your taste buds will worship the inside. The chips also didn't look as special as they tasted.

On price, I give it a 2. It seemed sort of expensive. For 30 wings, it costs $30.99. Pretty much a dollar per wing!

There is something at the Wingdome called the "7 Wing Challenge." This challenge means you have to eat 7 wings, 7 alarms each (the hottest EVER), within 7 minutes. You can't use a napkin or drink anything. If you can do this you get a t-shirt and your picture on the wall. My Dad never backs down from a challenge so he took the plunge. I was so scared that he was going to get hurt that I hid out in the bathroom until it was over. Here are the wings he had to eat, look how much sauce they have! He even had to eat the lettuce and lick his fingers...

By the time he finished he was bright red from the sauce burning his face. His eyes were watering and he was shaking. They brought him a glass of milk and an ice cream sandwich to help calm down the spice. My Dad says it is WAY hotter than you can imagine, so kids DON"T TRY THE CHALLENGE! Isn't my Dad a hero? I am so proud.

The final score for Wingdome is 19/30. It is very kid friendly and kids eat free every Tuesday night. I had quite an experience! My Dad did the challenge and I think you should dare your Dads to do it too. Then you can be as proud as I am:) Oh, and the wings are awesome.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011


 Today I reviewed a "super" place for kids called Mandarin Buffet and Grill in Redmond. I like to call it a "super" Mandarin buffet, or SuperMan for short.

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 4. We sat at shiny red tables with wooden chairs with cool designs cut out of them. They also have zodiac signs all over the walls. I didn't know what sign I was until a few years ago when I tried this place. I am a Taurus in case you are wondering. If you know what sign you are, then leave a post on my blog and I would  be soooo happy to read them :-) If you don't know, then go to Mandarin and figure it out. The first thing that you see when you walk in Mandarin are long plastic pearl chains hanging from the ceiling. They look really cool from a distance but they look tacky up close. They have a lot of Asian paintings on the walls of things like waves and other things in nature. 

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 5! I don't think the servers spoke English so they didn't talk to me. Even so, they were really nice and smiled a lot. They brought our drinks right away and every time I drank any water they filled it up right away. Whenever I was done with a plate, they noticed from across the room and removed it right away. Like magic. Also, the people there are very tolerant of kids. I was chasing my friend's little brother around the restaurant and he was laughing really loud. They didn't even care! This place likes kids. Trust me.

On service speed, I guess I give it a 5? This is hard to say since you serve yourself. You can get your food right away and since everyone always rushes to the buffets, everybody gets a 5!

On taste of food, I give it a 5! This is a hard place to review because there are a lot of choices and I like almost everything. Especially the meat. For those of you who don't know what a super buffet is, it is literally a "super buffet." There are special areas for different types of foods. They have a Mongolian grill, a fried food section, a soup section, a seafood section, a sushi section, a Chinese food section, a salad section, a dessert get the point. They even have pizza, french fries, and self-serve ice cream. Some of the things are just plain disturbing, like fish ball soup and frog legs. Here are some pictures to get the idea...

The fried food...yummmm. My favorite is the fried sweet and sour chicken.

Some Chinese food, some strange is where you want to avoid the crawfish and the frog legs.

Frog legs close up, just so you know what to avoid...

The sushi is very fresh. I like the California rolls.

Don't miss the dessert. They have things like tiramisu, cheesecake, and yummy cakes like cookies and cream cake.

My sister just couldn't decide...

Those pictures should give you an idea of what I'm talking about. The food is always steaming hot and I love hot food. So does my dad. He even puts his salad in the microwave and I am not joking. The food has lots of different rich flavors and there are lots of colorful choices. Nothing at this buffet actually tastes bad. I don't want to admit it, but even the frog legs taste fresh and yummy. I strongly recommend trying the Mongolian grill. There is a buffet to choose what you want (like noodles, meats, veggies...) and a man there who cooks it for you.

On appearance of food, I give it a 4. The food at Mongolian Buffet always looks fresh. If something starts to look somewhat old, the people who work there will replace the entire tray right away. Even though the food looks fresh, they don't go the extra mile to make it look special.

On price, I give it a 4. The prices are all you can eat, and you should see how much some people there can eat! For adults, it is $13.99. For kids 2-11, it is .95 per year. Since I am 10, it is $9.50. Kids under 2 eat for free.

SuperMan earned a "super" score of 28/30! I love this place but I do have a warning for you. You have to stop yourself at some point. When you eat here, you can eat too much and leave with a lot of regret. It is best just to try a little of everything. This is a great place to go with your family and friends and everyone can eat something different and new. Don't forget the fortune cookies! Today mine said "Curiosity is life." Think about it.

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